The first thing you’ll notice about the B-1004 Multi-Scale and 5-string B-1005 Multi-Scale will likely be its unusual arrangement of frets. A multi-scale fret design optimizes string tension so that the lower strings have a longer scale compared to the higher strings, resulting in consistently excellent tone and performance at all points across the fingerboard. Bass players often report that a multi-scale design is also ergonomically preferential to standard fret designs, and that they feel natural to play, with very little learning curve required. Designed for professional players, the B-1004 Multi-Scale and B-1005 Multi-Scale provide a swamp ash body with a top made of solid ziricote, an environmentally friendly and terrific-looking tone wood. These basses also employ a five-piece wenge/purple heart neck with a macassar ebony fingerboard, constructed at 36.25" to 34" scale for the B-1004 Multi-Scale and 37” to 34” for the B-1005 Multi-Scale. Its high-end components include a black bone nut, Gotoh tuners, and Hipshot Solo bridge, as well as a set of acclaimed Nordstrand Big Splits hum-cancelling pickups, along with an ABQ-3MS 3-band EQ. This setup gives you incredible flexibility in tone, with an active/passive mini-switch, a mid-frequency selection mini-switch (800Hz or 400Hz), individual bass, treble, and mid EQ controls, and master volume and balance controls. Available in Natural Satin finish.

Construction Bolt-On
Scale 37" - 34" Multi-Scale
Body Swamp Ash
Top Solid Ziricote
Neck 5pc Wenge/Purple Heart
Fingerboard Macassar Ebony
Fingerboard Radius 400mm
Finish Natural Satin
Nut Width 47mm
Nut Type Black Bone
Neck Contour Extra Thin U
Frets/Type 24 XJ Stainless Steel
Hardware Color Black
Strap Button Standard
Tuners Gotoh
Bridge Hipshot Solo
Neck PU Nordstrand Big Splits
Bridge PU Nordstrand Big Splits
Electronics Active
Electronics Layout Volume/Balance/ABQ-3MS 3-Band EQ/2 Mini Switches
Strings D'Addario XL (.045/.065/.085/.105/.125)
Case Included N
Daniel L.

Hi there
I just bought one and I must say, I'm very pleased!
Is it possible to Name the exact D'Addario string sets that fit this bass? When looking for reserve strings, I got really confused.
It seems that it is not as easy to find correct strings for multiscale basses as for regular 4 or 5 string basses...

Would the NYXL45130SL or  EPS170-5SL or EXL170-5SL set fit? I was not able to find a set on the d'Addario website that exactly matched the specs you gave above...

Thanks for any answer!

Eddie M.

I don't think they sell this exact string set to end consumers...I wondered the same thing when I first got mine. I ended up going with Payson stainless steel strings that are actually designed for 34-37" scale length. They are perfectly balanced string to string and otherwise just fantastic. So much better than the stock strings IMO. SIT strings and of course Dingwall make proper string packs too. I don't think you'll look back. 

James M.

I've been playing bass in a church band for the last 15 years or so. I'm a guitar player, by default, but they needed a bassist. I played a 4 string Carvin J style Bass, then added a 5 string Sire Marcus Miller, both excellent instruments. Then I saw Leland Sklar talking about his Dingwall multiscale 5 string, and the difference between the resonance between that and the standard scale bass was pronounced. That Dingwall was north of $5K, too much for my blood, so I searched for alternatives on line. This LTD grabbed my attention, and after musing about it for 8 hours, I ordered it. I was not disappointed, at all! Right out of the box, it felt right. The pickups sound great, the neck is sleek and very playable with the fanned frets. The wood is beautiful, a reasonable weight for a guitar this size. The one small adjustment in playing is on the first fret of the lowest strings, where I find part of my hand behind the nut, and it feels strange. Other than that, if you're looking for this style of bass, this is an excellent choice!

yue g.



Todd B. ESP

Hi, The basic controls are listed in the description. Master Volume, Balance, Bass, Treble, Mid controls + Active / Passive switch, + Mid frequency select switch.

If you have any more questions please contact ESP Customer Service at customerservice@espguitars.com

Please check with your dealer or distributor if you are outside the US. Here is a link to our distributor page: https://www.espguitars.com/locations?categories=intl-distributors

Thomas M.

It would be nice if we could hear what this bass actually sounds like.  The only video you have is a heavily produced & distorted tone.  I'd be happy to do a review of the natural unadulterated sound of this bass if you want to send me one to try out!

Carl N.

Thanks for the suggestion!

Brian Krahe

Just curious what the weight is for this updated model. I have the discontinued rosewood version and was curious if this weighed less or more. Thanks!

Carl N.

This would be around 9.5lbs though individual instruments will vary

John N.

How could it possibly weigh more?  I call my original version the BEAST because of it's size and weight.  Still I love it. 

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